Spring 2011 Commencement Speaker
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young
James S. Turley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young, a
leading global professional services organization providing assurance, tax,
transaction and advisory services. With approximately 141,000 people in 140
countries, Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services
organizations in the world.
Jim began his career with Ernst & Young in 1977 in the US firm’s Houston
office. Over the years, Jim was named Metropolitan New York Area Managing
Partner of Ernst & Young LLP in 1998 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2000.
In July 2001, he became Chairman and CEO. Based in New York and London, Jim
serves as senior advisory partner for many of Ernst & Young’s largest global
As Chairman, Jim sets a clear and strong tone from the top, focused on
quality, integrity, and professionalism. He has worked to create a
high-performance work environment with a highly visible leadership commitment to
“Quality in Everything We Do.” Ernst & Young has been consistently recognized by
Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Jim is actively engaged with many stakeholders as part of Ernst & Young’s
commitment to enhancing the public’s trust in professional services firms and in
the quality of financial reporting. He has encouraged dialogue with key
stakeholders across the globe regarding the many changes facing the world
capital markets, including the advent of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the United
States, the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards in more
than 100 countries throughout the world, and the overall movement toward greater
convergence of global auditing standards and global governance.
Throughout his career, Jim has actively supported numerous civic, cultural
and business organizations. He co-chairs the Russia Foreign Investment Advisory
Council. He is on the Board of Directors for Boy Scouts of America, Catalyst,
the National Corporate Theater Fund and on the Board of Trustees for Rice
University. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and IBLAC
(International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai). In
October, 2007, he was appointed Chair for the Governing Board of the U.S. Center
for Audit Quality and in March, 2009, was appointed Chair for Catalyst. In the
summer of 2010, Jim was appointed to the President’s Export Council.
Jim holds a Master’s and a BA in Accounting from Rice University in Houston,
Texas. He enjoys sports, including golf and tennis. Jim and his wife, Lynne,
have a 27-year old son.